WE LOVE beaches. There is something profoundly captivating about the sight of the sea and the endless horizon. Particularly at sunset. Somehow, for me, it feels like coming home.
We've been to many beaches all over the country, even to Rihivelli in the Maldives. We are drawn to powdery white sand, clear turquoise waters, the sound of the waves, the sea breeze...
I will never forget the first time we went snorkeling in Puerto Galera. We were on a family trip with my mom, dad, sisters, nephew and nieces and my family. Byren was 3 then.
I was literally crying in the water, looking at all the unbelievable colors of the fish, the coral and vegetation. I felt so awed by the magnificence and diversity of God's creations, even under the water. I was struck by the depth of His artistry and generosity, to create such beauty, even if for the most part, it was unseen.
And I certainly will never forget the first time we went to Boracay. We were with my younger sister Jean and her two kids. Divya was still a baby.
We had planned to go by ferry from Manila, but all seats were occupied because there had been a typhoon 2 days before our trip. All flights and the next ferries from Manila were fully booked due to the previous cancelled ones.
We opted to travel by land, first to Batangas, then we took the roro to Mindoro, drove until Roxas, parked there, and took the ferry to Caticlan.
The Roxas ferry was also fully booked, with hardly a place to sit. My niece, Jana, just sat on a table and slept there. Chiara and Aa took turns standing up. There was only one available chair.
We arrived early morning, tired and sleepless from the uncomfortable journey. I felt bitter because the sky was gray when we got there. The water was gray, and from the boat taking us to Boracay, the sand was gray.
I was truly disappointed.
But the moment I alighted from the boat, the moment I set foot on the world famous Boracay powdery sand, the clouds parted. As If on cue, the sun shone, it's rays highlighting the colors of Boracay. Yes, white sand, deep blue sea, green coconut trees. The pinks were pinker, the reds redder, and to top in all, there was a rainbow.
I was literally crying too. I must have looked funny then, sobbing a little, totally awe-struck at all the beauty and the wonder. I had fallen in love with Boracay. And we've been going back regularly ever since.
Two summers ago, we held meditation activities in Boracay for our clients. There were almost 50 of us in all.
It was a combination of fun, bonding and connection.
I love the beach. Nothing beats the feeling of meditating, completely surrounded by water, knowing that this is how much God loves us.
Boundlessly, endlessly, infinite. Or walking on the sand, knowing that each grain is as old as the earth itself, stone and crystal pounded by waves over and over until they are minuscule...
Did you know there are more stars in the heavens than all the grains of sand in all the beaches and deserts on the entire earth?
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Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 10, 2017.
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